Tuesday, April 27, 2021

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! 


Jazz Appreciation Month 2021: Women’s Impact and Contributions in Jazz

The Soulful Shirley Horne

Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m. EDT

It is undeniable that Washington, D.C.’s own Shirley Horn was a world-class jazz artist with a reputation as an exceptional and sensitive jazz vocalist. But did you know she started out as a pianist and might never have become the Grammy-award winning jazz diva that she is known as today?

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month’s Year of the Woman with a look into the life of one of jazz’s greatest vocalists, Shirley Horn. Join Howard University Assistant Professor Jessica Boykin-Settles as she elaborates on Horn’s unique, almost serendipitous, route to fame. Discover Horn’s influences, like Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner, and learn about her collaborations with artists Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Carmen McRae, and many others. Hear Horn sing renditions of songs from the Great American Songbook and beyond and understand what a unique gift she left for us all.

This event is produced in partnership with the Smithsonian Associates. Click here to purchase tickets.